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Planned Sales Of Stolen Benin Artefacts: EDSG Urges UN Intervention

Edo State Government under the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has called on the United Nations as a matter of public importance to intervene in the anticipated plans by the children of late lieutenant Colonel Sir Henry Lionel Gallwey, then Colonial Deputy Commissioner and Vice consul in the Oil Rivers Protectorate to auction the highly valued Benin Royal artifacts, come February next year.

The state Government said the Benin icons are not mere artifacts that can be sold or purchased by anybody on earth and therefore implored that United Nations to act quickly on the petition submitted to them on November, 2009 in Stockholm – Sweden which asked for judicial arbitration in regards to the invasion of the Benin Kingdom in 1897 as related to the looting of the Benin icons.

Speaking on behalf of the state Government, Honourable Orobosa Omo-Ojo, the Special Adviser to the state Governor on Arts, culture and Tourism said the art works were not created as artifacts but memorables to remind the Oba and the people of Benin of ancient happenings.

“They were not created as artifacts, they are memorable. Things that were created to remind the Oba and the people of Benin of ancient happening, “ said Omo-Ojo,.

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